The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

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by Martin Jones
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1559706112

ISBN-13: 9781559706117

Pub. Date: 05/01/2002

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

A revolution is underway in archaeology. Working at the cutting edge of genetic and molecular technologies, researchers have been probing the building blocks of ancient life-DNA, proteins, fats-to rewrite our understanding of the past. Their discoveries (including a Mitochondrial Eve, the woman from whom all modern humans descend) and analyses have helped revise the

Overview

A revolution is underway in archaeology. Working at the cutting edge of genetic and molecular technologies, researchers have been probing the building blocks of ancient life-DNA, proteins, fats-to rewrite our understanding of the past. Their discoveries (including a Mitochondrial Eve, the woman from whom all modern humans descend) and analyses have helped revise the human genealogical tree and answer such questions as: How different are we from the Neanderthals? Who first domesticated horses and ancient grasses? What was life like for our ancestors? Here is science at its most engaging.

Author Biography: Martin Jones has been a leader in bio-archaeological research for 25 years. He is the George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University and was chairman of the five-year International Ancient Bio-molecule Initiative. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559706117
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
1A different kind of past1
2The quest for ancient DNA11
3Our curious cousins39
4Final traces of life65
5Gaining control79
6Ending the chase109
7Great journeys131
8Beyond DNA164
9Friends and relations195
10Enemies within217
11The hunt goes on234
References241
Index263

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